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Law may help deter speeding truckers

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2021 | Automobile Accidents

Although many truckers drive at safe speeds, there are some who do not. When an accident happens because of speeding, it can be catastrophic. Residents of Southern California will want to learn more about a new bill to require speed limitations for trucks.

About the bill

According to CDL LIFE, legislation has been introduced in the House to put speed limits on heavy-duty trucks. Its name is the Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act. The bill is named after a 22-year-old Atlanta man who died in a truck collision in 2002.

Although the details of the bill are not yet available, it might be similar to another introduced in 2019. That one required speed limiter technology that would limit commercial vehicles to 65 or 70 mph. It would feature an adaptive cruise control system and an automatic emergency braking system.

ATA calls for change

Truck accidents that cause fatalities do not have to happen. The American Trucking Associations in partnership with safety group Road Safe America asked U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to enact a rule requiring devices for speed limits on all vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds.

On the other hand, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association opposes any attempt to require speed limiters. Opponents of this kind of legislation argue that it will affect merging and lead to more crashes.

If you or a loved one has injuries from an accident with a truck, it may be wise to consult an attorney with experience in guiding people through personal injury lawsuits. An attorney may help you get the best possible outcome in pursuing the compensation that you need.